Wednesday afternoon, the State Credentials Committee held a surprise meeting at the Tacoma Convention Center, 24 hours before the date and time announced at the Moses Lake meeting. The tricky schedule and lack of notice did not deter Republicans across the State from attending the meeting thanks to “leaks” from the ethical minority, but the leadership’s determination not to allow any testimony or any evidence unless it was hand-fed by Kirby Wilbur continued unabated. [Ed. note: An observer present at the meeting reports that at one point, the committee decided it wanted to hear from Whatcom County representatives, but no challengers had been invited to testify, thus no one from Whatcom was available to answer questions of the committee and instead, Whatcom resident and Credentials Committee co-chair Charlie Crabtree was fetched from his work at the state convention credentials desk, and predictably, assured the committee that all had been well in Whatcom County.]
Kirby Wilbur continues to act as a Romney Campaign surrogate, and as if he had authority to change State or National Rules at will. Whether or not the RNC Committee that will hear challenges to Delegations from the States agrees with this approach or decides to salvage some legitimacy for a Romney nomination remains to be seen.
The old adage, “strain at a gnat and swallow a camel” was in full operation as the committee continually changed its standards to seat whomever they wanted, asserting alternatively, that the (false) allegation of missing a filing deadline by three days could disqualify an otherwise legitimate challenge when it helped Romney, but missing a crucial and substantive deadline by THREE WEEKS made no difference at all when it could have hurt him by disqualifying FIFTY illegally-elected Romney delegates and three illegally-elected Romney Convention Committee representatives from the Kitsap “Klown Konvention.”
But as if to make the point that no device is too unethical, no tactic too evil for the Romney supporters within the WSRP, Kirby colluded with Lori Sotelo in what I believe was a criminal act to prevent me from attending the meeting:
- Sotelo, by making false statements, under oath, and without notice or hearing obtaining a court order barring Doug Parris from being within 100 feet of “her place of employment.”
- Tacoma Convention Center Staff said they had been told Lori Sotelo had been hired by the WSRP [read Kirby Wilbur] as a “presenter” and that therefore the State Convention location was her “place of employment” for the duration of the convention.
What a pair!
Sotelo has been skirting the law for years, but you would think that regardless of the politics of the situation, Kirby, at the very least, would be embarrassed to engage in such infantile skulduggery.
Apparently, Wilbur loves Willard. Romney’s presidential nomination appears capable of motivating Wilbur to pull out any stops, to twist, fold, spindle, and mutilate any moral precept in the pursuit of Romney delegates.
- A person is guilty of coercion if by use of a threat he or she compels or induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a legal right to abstain from, or to abstain from conduct which he or she has a legal right to engage in.
Based on the false representation that Lori Sotelo was an employee of the WSRP, the Staff of the Tacoma Convention Center, albeit apologetically, told me that if I didn’t vacate the premisses they would have to call the Police.
I called my attorney. The best attorney in the state.
He said that although the action was improper on its face (even though we did not yet know whether or not Kirby had actually hired Sotelo for the plan), the action of the officers responding could not be relied upon to conform to the law, that I might be arrested and he said to leave the building immediately.
There is no question that this was an act of criminal coercion by the collusion of Sotelo and Wilbur to get Doug Parris “to abstain from conduct which he or she has a legal right to engage in,” to wit, attend the Credentials Committee meeting, “by use of a threat,” to wit, the threat of arrest.
So while Kirby’s agents, by crafted prevarication and parliamentary cheating, seated HUNDREDS of illegally-elected Romney delegates, and while the challengers who were being cheated and looked to me for leadership, sat alone, I was engaged in consultations, first, with legal council and then, with Tacoma Police to eventually determine that, because the claims were bogus there was no threat of arrest.
But by the time I returned to the Convention Center, the meeting was over, the damage done, the trap sprung.